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Thomas Smith

Also Known As: "Flemin"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Prince William, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Manassas, Prince William, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Smith of Yeocomico and Mary Elizabeth Smith
Husband of Elizabeth Smith
Father of Charles Smith; Daniel Smith; Fleming Smith; John Smith and Elizabeth Mayes
Brother of William Smith; Abigail Fleming; James Smith; Anne Thomas; Martha Margaret McClanahan and 4 others

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About Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith b abt 1705 inWestmoreland Cty, VA d Sept 12, 1778 - wife/mother Elizabeth Fleming b Feb18, 1710 d UKN, one of nine children

married in 1731 in Prince William, VA 

In 1766, Thomas, Elizabeth and other members of their family were part of a group of sixty-one people who moved their membership from the Broad Run Baptist Church in Fauquier County, Virginia to establish the Chappawamsic Baptist Church in Stafford County, Virginia.

Thomas died in Prince William County, where he lived, in 1778. He did not leave a will but an inventory and distribution of the estate is quite detailed in describing his possessions and naming his wife and children. An extract of Thomas' inventory and its distribution, as recorded in Price William County, Virginia Will Book "G", p. 18-19. (2)

Links

  1. http://www.smithsworldwide.org/mbbs22/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=485&mid=5875#M5875
  2. http://spotdk.blogspot.com/2005/10/smith-family.html

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Thomas Smith

Added by arkkedwards on 8 Apr 2008

Originally submitted by DarrenWmSmith to Smith on 17 May 2007

Thomas Smith was born and reared in the southern part of WestmoreUland County. It is believed that his date of birth was between 1700 and 1710. This is based on the birth date of Elizabeth, his wife, and the birth of their children, the first of whom appears to have been born about 1740.Thomas married Elizabeth Fleming.of Richmond County, Virginia. Richmond County lies along the western side of Westmoreland County. Elizaabeth, born February 18, 1710, was the daughter of Alexander Fleming and Sarah Kennedy Fleming, Elizabeth's parents married in 1691. Elizabeth's mother, Sarah, was the daughter of John Kennedy of Rappahannock County. Elizabeth's father, Alexander, died a few months after she was born. When Thomas' father, Peter Smith, made his will in 1738, Thomas and Elizabeth were living in Prince William County, Virginia on the 325 acres of land subsequently left to him in his father's will. This land was a part of the 1160 acres of land that Peter patented in 1712. When Fairfax County was formed from Prince William County in 1742, the land was in Fairfax County.In 1747, Thomas sold his land to Daniel Jennings:This Indenture made the fourteenth day of April 1747 between Thomas Smith of Truro Parish in Fairfax County, planter, & Daniel Jennings of same ... for the sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia ... sells 325 acres ... which Peter Smith, father of said Thomas, by his last will and testament dated the 10th day of January 1738, did give & bequeath unto his son, Thomas Smith ... being part of 1160 acres granted ... to Peter Smith bearing date 30th June 1712 which said 325 acres of land is where the said Thomas Smith now dwelleth at Bull run adjoining to the land of his Brother, James ... In presence of Robt. Wicklift, Leonard Dozer, Robt. Lindsy, James Smith, John X Cavener. Signed Thomas Smith. 21 July 1747 ... Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Smith relinquished her right of dower.The same day Elizabeth relinquished her dower, Thomas borrowed five hundred pounds current Virginia money from Daniel Jennings. On 22 October 1747, Daniel Jennings paid Thomas the one hundred pounds for the 325 acres of land.In 1749, Thomas leased 133 acres of land for 99 years, across Bull Run Creek in Prince William County. The lease is shown on the following page.This Indenture made this 22nd day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty nine Between Francis Watts of the County of Prince William of one part and Thomas Smith of the aforesaid County of the other part Witnesseth that said Francis Watts doth agree with said Thomas Smith for the Fee Rent of Five hundred pounds of tobacco doth Lease farm lett and make over to the said Thomas Smith a parcel of land for the space of Ninety nine years being in the County of Prince William on Bull Run and bounded Beginning at a marked Beech thence South East to a Spanish Oak Corner tree thence No. East to Bull Run thence up the said Run to the beginning the same containing One hundred and Thirty three acres of land and the said Thomas Smith doth agree to build a suffishen dwelling house and tobacco house and Corn house and to plant an Apple Orchid of one hundred and fifty trees and to keep them under good fence in good repare and not make wilfull waste of the Timber and the rent to become due on the twenty fifth day of December yearly after the first three years is compleated and not to be straneable until three months after same shall become dew and to be payed in one Note at some convenient Warehouse every year and the first rent to become dew the twenty fifth of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty one. As Witness I have set my hand and seale in presence of John Combs. Signed. Francis Watts.In 1766, Thomas, Elizabeth and other members of their family were part of a group of sixty-one people who moved their membership from the Broad Run Baptist Church in Fauquier County, Virginia to establish the Chappawamsic Baptist Church in Stafford County, Virginia. In 1776, Thomas, two of his sons, and other individuals petitioned the Virginia Legislature to establish a Baptist Church at Occoquan, Virginia, near their home. The Smiths listed in the petition were: Thos. Smith, James Smith and Charles Smith.[10]He died 12 September 1778 Prince William, Virginia. Thomas died in Prince William County, where he lived, in 1778. He did not leave a will but an inventory and distribution of the estate is quite detailed in describing his possessions and naming his wife and children. An extract of Thomas' inventory and its distribution, as recorded in Price William County, Virginia Will Book "G", p. 18-19 is shown

Will

Added by arkkedwards on 8 Apr 2008

Originally submitted by DarrenWmSmith to Smith on 17 May 2007

September the 12th 1778. An Inventory of the Estate of Thos. Smith Dec'd. presented to our view by the Administrator...

To one Lease of Francis Watts for ninety nine years

Seventy years of which is to come, appraised to........................................ 100.00

To 1 Cow at...................... ............................................................................ 8.00

To 2 beds at..................... ........................................................................... 14.00To a Cupboard.................... ......................................................................... 0.12

To a Dutch oven & a Skillet.......................................................................... 2.50

To a frying pan............................................................................................. 0.12

To pewter...................................................................................................... 2.00

To Two linning wheels.................................................................................. 1.00

To one old wooling wheel..............................................................................10

To Six old stand tubs.................................................................................... 1.00To a hand mill.............................................................................................. 1.00

To Coppers Tools......................................................................................... 1.00

To a grindstone and Iron pestle.. ................................................................ 0.90

To Three old barrels and a tan tube............................................................. 0.18

To Two tables and a Saddle tree................................................................... 0.12

To a loom & flour tub & Candle box............................................................. 1.23

Ð 135.03

John Anderson ) John AndersonRobert Spittle ) Robert (X) SpittleJohn Woodyard ) John (X) WoodyardSworn before John Hood

At a Court held for Prince Wm. County this 5th Oct 1778

This inventory & appraisement of the Estate of Tho's.Smith dec'd was presented to the Court & admitted to record.Test. Robert Graham C Clk

The Estate of Thos. Smith rec'd with Charles Smith Adm.Sept 1778 By amount of the Inventory................................................... Ð 135.03

To Elizabeth Smith widow. her third part Ð S Dof the Estate per receipt........ .................................................................... 45.0.1

To Fleming Smith one ninth part of theremaining of the Estate per receipt........................................................... 10.0.0

To John Smith for Do per receipt of hisBrother-in-law John Gibbs........................................................................ 10.0.0

To John Gibbs for one ninth part perreceipt.......................... .............................................................................. 10.0.0

To Elizabeth Smith one ninth part per do................................................. 10.0.0To my own share of the Estate................................................................... 10.0.2

To balance remaining in my hand for DanielSmith, Thomas Smith, Peter Smith & JamesSmith sons of the Deceased now in the Stateof South Carolina for each Ð10... ............................................................... 40.0.0

Ð 135.0.3

Exors Excepted

September 29th 1778

Note. the Debts due by the deceased have been all paid by the Children. The Charges of the Administration to be here to after settled & paid by the several claimants time not permitting the inclusion---of them in this account by the Administrator.

Charles SmithReceived from Charles Smith the sum of forty five pounds & penny in full of my share or third part of the estate of my husband Thos. Smith Dec'd. Witness my hand this 28th Sept 1778.

Elizabeth SmithReceived from Charles Smith the sum of ten pounds in full of the share or one ninth part of the estate of Thos. Smith Dec'd received for my Brother-in-law John Smith of the State of So Carolina by virture of powers from him. Witness my hand this 28th Sept 1778.

John Gibbsfor John SmithReceived from Charles Smith the sum of ten pounds for my Share or one ninth part of the estate of Thos. Smith Dec'd. Witness my hand this 28th Sept 1778.

John GibbsReceived of Charles Smith the sum of ten pounds for my Share or one ninth part of the Estate of Thos. Smith dec'd. Witness my hand this 5th day of Octr 1778.

Fleming SmithReceived from Charles Smith the sum of ten pounds for my Share or one ninth part of the Estate of Thos. Smith dec'd. Witness my hand this 5th day of Oct 1778

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Thomas Smith, Son of Peter Smith of Westmoreland County, Virginia

from Amanda Lynn Smith Larsen's blog, http://petersmithwestmorelandva.blogspot.com/2011/10/thomas-ith-son-of-peter-smith-of.html

from the book Peter Smith: Some of his Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky Descendants. By Pearl O. Smith 1973, Washington D.C.

Thomas Smith sold land to Daniel Jenings in 1747 and the sale is on record in Deed Book B, No. 1, of Fairfax County, Virginia. It reads:

"Indenture made the 14th day of April 1747 between Thomas Smith of Truro Parish in Fairfax County, planter, of the one part and Daniel Jenings...witnesseth that the said Thomas Smith for and in consideration of the sum of 100 pounds current money of Virginia...paid by Daniel Jenings...sold a piece or parsel of land containing 325 acres of more or less which Peter Smith, father of Thomas Smith, by his last will and testament dated 10th day of January 1738 did give and bequeath unto his son Thomas Smith; ...being part of 1160 acres of land granted by the proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia by deed to the said Peter Smith bearing the date of 30th day of June 1712, which said 325 acres of land is where the said Thomas Smith now dwelleth at Bull Run adjoining to the land of his brother James in the aforesaid parish of Truro of the county of Fairfax, and all houses, outhouses and edifices, building, trees and woods, etc. ...Thomas Smith set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written."

In Fairfax County Deed Book B, page 237, “Thomas Smith acknowledges this to be his act to Daniel Jennings and Elizabeth, the wife of said Smith being privately examined and relinquished her right of dower to said land.” [Here is evidence that Thomas Smith’s wife was named Elizabeth (Fleming)]

Having sold the 35 acres in Fairfax County that he inherited from his father, Thomas Smith leased land in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1749. The transaction is recorded in Prince William County Deed Book L, page 197, and reads:

“Lease. Dated 22 May 1749. Recorded 22 May 1749. Between Francis Watts of Prince William County and Thomas Smith of same. Consideration: 500 pounds of tobacco annually on 25 December. Tract of land for the term of space 99 years in Prince William County on Bull Run containing 103 acres more or less. Thomas Smith covenants to build a sufficient dwelling house and tobacco house and corn house and to plant an apple orchard or 100 trees. First rent to begin December 25, 1751. Witnesses: John Combs, Obed Calvert.”

Thomas Smith died before September 12, 1778, for on that date, an inventory of his estate was presented, as follows:

“Prince William County, Virginia, Will Book G, page 10.

“We the subscribers being first sworn have proceeded to inventory Sept the 12th 1778 an inventory of the Estate of Thomas Smith decd. Presented to our view by the administrator.

“To one lease of Francis Watts for ninety-nine years, seventy years of which is to come, appraised to 100 L. [Inventory amounted to 135 L 0 S and 3 D. Items will not be listed here.] Prince William pet. Signed: John Anderson, Robert Spittle and John Woodyard, sworn before John Flood.”

“At a court held for Prince William County the 5th of Oct. 1778 this Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Thomas Smith dec’d was presented to the County and admitted to record.

“Test. Robert Graham Cl. Court” . . .

“The Estate of Thomas Smith Decd with Charles Smith Admr.

“Cr. September 1778 by amount of the Inventory L 135 0 3

                                                                                                           L          S         D        

“To Elizabeth Smith widow her third part of the estate 45 0 1 “To Fleming Smith one ninth part of the remainder of

           the estate per receipt                                                                10        0          0

“To John Smith ditto per receipt of his brother-in-law

           John Gibbs                                                                              10        0          0

“To John Gibbs for one ninth per receipt 10 0 0 “To Elizabeth Smith one ninth ditto 10 0 0 “To my own share of the estate (Charles Smith) 10 0 2 “The balance remaining in my hands for Daniel Smith,

           Thomas Smith, Peter Smith and James Smith,
           sons of the Deceased now in the State of
           South Carolina for each L 10                                                   40        0          0
                                                                                                      L   135     0          3

“Note the Debts owed by the deceased have been all paid by the children, the charges of the administration to be hereafter settled and paid by the several claimants time not permitting the inclusion of them in this account by the administrator.

“(Signed) Charles Smith”

Acknowledgements of receipt of the amounts set forth above, for the stated “part” or “share” of estate, were signed by Elizabeth Smith, Fleming Smith, Elizabeth Smith [daughter], John Gibbs, John Gibbs for John Smith. Some bore the date “28th Sept 1778” and others “5th day of Oct. 1778.”

In his History of Spartanburg County, 1900, Dr. J. B. O. Landrum included a chapter headed “Smith Family,” beginning on page 208. Dr. Landrum stated that just before the Revolutionary War five brothers from Bull Run, Virginia, settled in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He named James, Fleming, Thomas, John, and Charles and told of some of their descendants. He stated that their mother was a Miss Fleming.

While the father’s name was not mentioned and sons Daniel and Peter were omitted, those he did mention are sons named in the will of Thomas Smith of Prince William County, Virginia. It is the opinion of some present-day descendants of this family that Dr. Landrum erred in saying that Miss Fleming was born in France and that the father (Thomas Smith) was born in Wales. One researcher asserts that Elizabeth Fleming was born in 1710 in Richmond County, Virginia, the daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Kenny) Fleming. I have made no attempt to verify this statement. However, Thomas Smith, being the son of Peter Smith of Westmoreland County, Virginia, is not likely to have been born in Wales.

Fleming Smith and his brother Charles served in the Revolutionary War from South Carolina. Fleming moved his family, in 1802, from South Carolina to Cumberland County, Kentucky. That portion of the county in which he lived later became Monroe County, Kentucky. Fleming made application for pension on June 3, 1833, in the state of Kentucky, Application No. S-30708. Pension payments began in March 1833 and the last payment was made on March 4, 1847, according to records in National Archives, Washington, D. C. In Kentucky Family Records, Volume VI, 1977-78, page 77, it is said that Fleming Smith is buried in the cemetery of the Old Mulky Meeting House in Monroe County, Kentucky.

In 1767, a dispute arose over the dividing line between the land he had sold to Jenings and the land owned by James Smith. The controversy was between the heirs of Jenings and the heirs of James Smith. George Mason of Gunston Hall (the George Mason of our history books) was chosen to "arbitrate" the issue. See his award in Appendix A.

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Thomas Smith's Timeline

1700
1700
Prince William, Virginia, USA
1742
June 15, 1742
Age 42
Bull Run, Prince William, Virginia, United States
1745
December 5, 1745
Age 45
Fairfax, VA, USA
1748
1748
Age 48
1754
1754
Age 54
James River, Virginia, United States
1778
September 12, 1778
Age 78
Manassas, Prince William, Virginia, United States
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